US Lacrosse Magazine Headlines: Beacon of Hope: Coats' Disease Not Holding Jack McGovern Back
By Megan Schneider
Jack McGovern will forever remember the day it snowed in San Francisco — an oddity in and of itself.
It was in February 2006, in the midst of his youth lacrosse season, when the then-10-year-old woke up with a black spot blocking the center of his vision in his left eye.
Two days later, McGovern went to an eye appointment, followed by a trip to a retina specialist the following day. He couldn’t see the big letter “E” on the eye chart.
Then the snow started to fall.
One in 200,000 people in the U.S. is affected by Coats’ disease — a very rare condition where blood vessels leak behind the retina of the eye, creating pressure and causing retinal detachment. Two-thirds of those patients are children …
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